Could Sunday's game-winning field goal for the Jaguars have made a Colts fan so mad he would go on to vent his frustration by causing an estimated $1 million in damage inside a Southbank hotel?
The hotel manager of the Homewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn on Kings Avenue said that hours after the upset, someone inside the Hilton vandalized pipes inside a stairwell and unleashed thousands of gallons of water that started on the fifth floor and trickled all the way down to the lobby.
"That was horrible. I mean, I couldn't believe that someone would do something like that and close down a whole hotel," Jaguars fan Charles Putnam said.
The owner of the hotel said that each stairwell has a pipe valve for firefighters to hook up to in case of a fire. Inside the hotel, the pipe valves have a lever, which the owner said were pulled and broken off. The owner said two of the valves were tampered with Monday morning.
Employees said they have reason to believe the act was by a disgruntled Colts fan.
According to a police report, hotel workers noticed a "severely intoxicated and angry" Colts fan hanging around the lobby around 3 a.m. Monday.
After the flooding began, the desk clerk said a room of Colts fans went down to the front desk wanting more rooms and said that they could not find their "drunk" friend, according to the report.
The police report says officers located and questioned 29-year-old Ian Taylor, of Clearwater. Taylor admitted he was drunk and did not remember anything, but he did tell police he wouldn't tamper with the pipes, according to the report.
Mike Wilt, the manager of Sports Mania downtown, said he has plenty of experience dealing with football fanatics.
"I can't see the understanding of destroying property," Wilt said. "Maybe swearing under my breath, I don't know. To mess with somebody's property is just outrageous."
No one has been arrested in connection with causing the damage.